Nemea

4.1
1149 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
Hercules defeated the Nemean lion and then probably enjoyed an excellent glass (or amphora) of Nemean wine. Nemea is a noted wine & food capitol of Pelopennese in southern Greece. Our food is influenced primarily by the flavors of the Pelopennese with accents from all of Greece. We boast an amazing wine list with many great wines from Greece, the Mediterranean and around the world. Come in and let our mixologists make you a craft cocktail or enjoy a well made classic martini as you enjoy the best Greek food in San Jose! We look forward to serving you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipCindyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience4

Dined here for Mother’s day with family. I was really eSuper long wait for our entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better wait staff! He gave us free dessert

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DocBrock
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, best steak I have had in a long time, good cocktails. Very nice atmosphere; an excellent place to break my pandemic restaurant avoidance.

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BrendaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff will fed GI back again soon!

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vipMarilenB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is one of Downtown San Jose gems!

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vipJEK1
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beet salad and mousaka were delicious. Service was perfect. Virus precautions were perfect.

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vipSusannahG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive staff, quick but not rushed service and great food. Temperature was perfect and music wasn’t too loud... overall a great option though certainly not your cheapest meal. That said serving size is ample and food was great.

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GregoryF
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They are completely disorganized. Nobody ever came to our table for the first 30 minutes. When they did get our drink order, it took forever to get a cocktail. Then, when we placed our food order - it came out sparadically. We had to get up to find some napkins and flatware - as they were never brought to the table. Avoid this restaruant at all costs - they had no right to open with all of the flaws.

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BarbaraC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. A pleasant surprise. We will definitely return.

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Ninavin
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very Disappointing. One glass of wine tasted like vinegar but was replaced. We had only just started the Pikilia when the main course was served. The salmon was so dry and served on a base of just a pile of lentils. As we had an opera to go to we did not have time to send it back.

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RonyaR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We used to go to Nemea quite frequently but haven't been there for the last year. I found the food to be smaller portions than before and the flavors more bland. The lemon chicken soup no longer has a lemon tang, and the spanakopita no longer has that tangy spinach taste, and the terramasalata (sp?) has very little flavor at all. I suggest they liven up the kitchen again.

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vipPapaBear
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sadly, the beautiful setting and pretty fair service are negated by the absolute mediocrity of the food. Two stars was generous; I would not willingly go back. Not disgusting, just prepared without any flair and sort of tasteless.

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BennyC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious! A little pricy and not big portions but outstanding quality. The bread is on point too. Fancy decor, great service, good ambiance. The cocktails were good! Beef medallions the best I ever had. Pasta with shrimp had depth, layers of flavor. Octopus appetizer scrumptious! Well built Greek menu I could not pronounce but I liked the authenticity. Will definitely go back. Need to try the Greek wine....

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vipOpentabler
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, very kind but not too experienced server. Other servers (than ours) “helping out” and making classic mistakes, such as forgetting the appetizer and taking back our main course, only to set it aside and bring it back cold. The mrg and our server nicely correcting the mistake... still... not as good as the otherwise excellent seabass and mousaka. The prawns appetizer was just ok, but the smoked eggplants was fantastic.

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TonyG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and nice ambiance. My wife and I have been here numerous times over the years and really love the food. We tried a stuffed mushroom in cheese sauce appetizer and it was delicious. My wife loves their beet salad and I love the lamb chops. It was a nice Valentines weekend.

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bandT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We've been to Nemea several times and the food is always good - not great - but good. I would certainly recommend the restaurant based on the food. The service is the problem. It is always hit or miss with service. This last Saturday night at Nemea we were seated promptly and then waited for a server. About 7 minutes later a server came and asked if we wanted to order. We said that we'd like a cocktail first. Cocktails arrived in a timely fashion and then dinner was ordered (mushroom risotto (okay) chicken souvlaki (very good)). Dinner came and then we didn't see our server again (30 minutes). We had a show to go to and we had to flag down a busser to find our server to hurriedly get our bill.
Poor service just changes the total feel of a restaurant. They need to improve their service.

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KristenL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For a Valentine's Day set menu, the food was lacking in so many areas. I think their quality of food and their prices are far out of sync. Disappointed and my waiter was very hasty and unaware of social cues. He took my plates away and I was still trying to finish my food.

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noushinm
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was really bad and portion too small for 85 dollars a person! Don't go there on special occasions!!

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vipMandyA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very expensive for the quality of the food. Would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Valentines’ day pris fixe dinner: my husband and I chose memea as we love Greek food! Overall we were disappointed with the quality of the food - 1st course: pita did not appear to be “homemade”, like any other toasted bread, dips were varied and very good. 2nd course: salad nice looking, but not well seasoned and my husband’s phyllo appetizer just ordinary. 3rd course (entree) I chose grilled lamb chops - superb; my husband’s beef and mushroom Shish kebab - beef not tender and not generous portion. Dessert selections - just okay. I wanted to like this restaurant since I feel sorry for restaurants struggling in this area of downtown San Jose. Our waiter was very good however - attentive and personable. Unfortunately will go back to this restaurant. Disappointed....

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vipDanL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Reserved for Valentines dinner but not informed of price fix menu. Waiter did not know the menu and did not understand it himself despite being simple menu. Starting dish did not come out, and when we pointed this out we were treated as if we were not telling the truth. My entree arrived (beef souvlaki) and was raw inside, barely seared. My wife and I both had the baklava and seemed as though it had been frozen. The meal was highly overpriced, small portion (my souvalki came with 3 pieces of beef, onions and mushrooms). I was highly disappointed by this performance. It was my wife and my favorite restaurant until this visit.

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FPrs
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good. They didn’t have the wine we ordered. Service was acceptable. Switched waiters on us. Didn’t offer tap water as a choice initially, only bottled water.

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JudyL
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was very good - some people needed to be out by 1 (we arrived at noon) and they were accomodating. Restaurant wasn't busy so noise level was low. Food was just okay. We had the baba ghanoush and hummus appetizers which were small portions compared to the price, but tasted fine - not special. Bread and pita was fresh and very good. I had the lamb burger which I didn't like that much. It had a little gamey taste and I didn't like the texture of the burger - felt like the meat was over processed. I've eaten here before and loved the food, but this was my first time having the burger which the waiter recommended over the lamb gyro. I wouldn't order it again. I've had lamb burgers at other establishments that were tasty and juicy without being gamey.

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nitink
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The service was absolutely horrendous. Our main course was not delivered and there was no update from the waiter. After waiting for a long time, the waiter made some excuse that one of the dish is taking longer to cook. Most likely, he forgot to add it to the queue. And when the food came, the dish did not taste good.

Horrible experience. I will not recommend Nemea to a friend, and will also tell them not to go here.

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vipDolan
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food at Nemea is good but the service lacks. The white wine by the glass I ordered hadn't been chilled so I had to select an alternate. I had to ask for water 3 times at the bar. There wa a long black hair in our water at the dinner table. Our food was delayed because a table of 20 had ordered before us.
On the positive, their octopus is always excellent. The lamb chops were very tender and not overly seasoned with salt (a positive) but they were on the far side of medium-rare - barely pink center. Overall, not the service expected for almost $300 for two people for cocktails, wine, and dinner and shared appetizer.

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StephenH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a comfortable atmosphere with superb service and the best lamb chops I've ever had!

Nemea
Responded on February 11, 2020

Hi Stephen, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review! We are glad you enjoyed the lamb and we hope to have you back soon!

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DeborahA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely location for downtown SJ theaters. Food needs more spice, flavors.

Nemea
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Deborah, We really appreciate the time you took to leave a review. I have shared your feedback with our Chefs. We are always looking to improve the quality and consistency of our cuisine. Thanks for coming in and we hope to see you again soon! -Nemea Management

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vipChrisB
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - awesome venue - nice energy

Nemea
Responded on February 2, 2020

Hi Chris, We really appreciate your kind words and the time you took to leave a review. Thanks for coming in and we hope to see you again soon!

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WardD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow when we were there. Quality of the food was also disappointing given the price. Acceptable is about all I could say.

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Missy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a great experience. Our friends really enjoyed it there. I got the octopus appetizer, which is always good. Although I don’t think the pricing is outrageous, it didn’t seem comparable with other restaurants targeting same food/service customers.

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vipDineout
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Had the sampler platter and the zucchini cakes for appetizers. Zucchini cakes were excellent. Bread came with a dipping sauce which was also excellent. Shared Mediterranean Sea Bass entree. The accompanying potatoes were very good but we thought the braised greens were too salty and overly oily (olive oil). We also shared the lamb shank. The meat was tender and flavorful. The spicing & jus of the accompanying orzo was a little too sweet for us. Service was excellent. Decor was very thoughtful and tasteful. Restaurant is conveniently located to downtown entertainment venues and parking. The light rail runs right by the restaurant which would be ideal to take if you lived in the area.

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ChristineG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great dinner with 4 friends before we headed down to the CA Theatre for a performance of “The Red Violin.” Loved the food, especially because we could order small plates to share. We had tasty stuffed mushrooms in a delicious sauce, fried calamari with yummy aioli, a delicious beet salad, with several more small plates. The service was impeccable and they took care to get us out in time for our performance. Nemea is spacious and beautifully decorated. It was quiet at our 5:30 seating so we could converse together and actually hear each other. I plan to return when dining downtown in San Jose again.

Nemea
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hi Christine, We really appreciate your kind words and the time you took to leave a review. We look forward to your next visit! Thank you!

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TimothyG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue in the middle of Downtown San Jose. Interior is very nicely done. The wait staff was very attentive. The dishes we ordered were absolutely delicious. A little on the costly side, but, over all, well worth it.

Nemea
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hi Timothy, We really appreciate your kind words and the time you took to leave a review. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Service was poor. First they ignored us for a good 20 minutes Then they removed our bread plates after our appetizers while some of us were still eating bread. Followed serving us our main entre and salads at the same time. We forgo the salads and ate the main dish. They need to get their act together.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipSunshine
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Everything was soaked in oil or dressing. Greek salad was drenched in dressing. There was like a cup of dressing in the bottom. Do the cucumber and tomatoe were just limp. The fried calamari was soaked in oil. So the breading just fell off. Had the beef fillet which was fine but it was topped with some orange aioli.

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cynnic
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We arrived at 6 and ordered as soon as we sat down. Drinks were nice. They asked if we had somewhere to be after and we said we were going to a show and had to be out by around 6:55. At 7 we left having never been served our food. There were about 6 tables occupied. I was looking forward to the food but never got it.

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ShariA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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vipFrequentdiner
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and engaged. Our server provided great recommendations for cocktails, food, and wine.. The saganaki and octopus appetizers were excellent. The lamb chops were out of this world! The portion was generous and perfectly prepared. The desert was perfectly balanced and provided an exclamation point on a great meal.

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MatthewJ
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hostess could not find our Reservation. I advised that I placed the Reservation via Open Table and confirmed the Reservation the day before. Hostess went ahead and seated us.

Other than the issue with the Reservation, everything was very good.

FAQs

Nemea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 279-4225.

Nemea is rated 4.1 stars by 1149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.